California Photo Diary

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I’ve been vacationing across the west coast with my boyfriend Justin and his family for the past 2.5 weeks. California is a state I’ve never been to, so naturally, I had no idea what to expect besides daisy dukes and bikinis on top. Luckily, my experience was as wholesome as it was new; there were highs and lows (but mostly highs) and plenty of adventures had. Unfortunately, I collected a scarce number of tourist-y photographs over the course of the trip, solely because I’m just not the type of person to lug a heavy DSLR everywhere — especially not when I’d rather be catching waves, jumping off cliffs, and dirt biking (all of which I failed at miserably but entitle myself to an unending supply of the brownie points for trying). However, I do have a sizeable collection of outfit photos taken before my days started, so I’ll be staggering those posts over the course of the next few weeks to make it appear as if I’m not spending the rest of my summer working on my laptop in my cold, dark basement, losing my golden tan to the evil clutches of reality!!!

Anyway, I do have a few snippets of my trip to Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento, so if you’re keen on living vicariously through the only interesting part of my entire life, please enjoy them along with relatively thorough recaps of what I did in each city:
 

L A S   V E G A S

 

As you can see, California is breathtakingly beautiful. Not only are there palm trees everywhere, there’s a mountain of some sort visible from anywhere you stand. It also never rains, meaning it is ideal for thunderstorm-fearing beings including, but not limited to, my dog.

Our first stop was none other than Las Vegas, the land where dreams are lost in a sea of slot machines and hydration sans alcohol is difficult to come across. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the city that never sleeps nearly as much as the other places because I a) love sleep with a burning passion, b) cannot be bothered with crowds in heatstroke-inducing temperatures, and c) don’t understand the concept of visiting a place in order to gawk at billion-dollar structures with thousands of tiny lightbulbs screaming “Look at me! Look at me! I am twinkling ferociously in this massive and wasteful/eco-destructive strip club sign!!!” Luckily, Hoover Dam was pretty dam magical, so our two days in Vegas wasn’t a total let-down.

 

S A N   D I E G O

 

 

San Diego was my favourite by a long shot. My three-day stay felt like it came straight out of a movie — it had the perfect backdrop (involving copious amounts of clay buildings covered in vines or bright pink blossoms) and a lifestyle that can really only be described as Shaka. We spent one morning surfing bright and early in soothing saltwater. I caught a grand total of two waves out of about thirty attempts. I even walked away with countless bruises and a sunburn from head to toe. I’m happy to say it was completely 100% worth it.

We also slipped into what looked like an ordinary crack in the ground, but was actually an age-old entrance to a series of hidden caves meant to illegally smuggle moonshine and etc from Tijuana. Isn’t that insane?! I spelunked!!! I did not expect to spelunk but I totally spelunked!!! I was sad when we finally had to leave for La La Land, but I still had more than half a trip to look forward to.

 

L O S   A N G E L E S

 

Los Angeles is definitely an interesting city. Although I didn’t do too many tourist-y things, I did get to see it from the POV of a local thanks to Justin’s La La Land born-and-raised cousins and my friends over at the Lookbook headquarters. The absolute best part of my stay was eating a red velvet macaron ice cream sandwich from Milk, but I also had a chance to hike to the Hollywood sign, have a late night snack at Urth Caffe, do some retail damage in Little Tokyo, and stroll along the Santa Monica Pier.

 

S A N   F R A N C I S C O

 

Okay, I don’t know what was going on but San Fran is bloody cold. It literally felt like a Canadian Autumn. What in the world is up with that?! Jenn did warn me to bring a coat, but lo and behold, I froze in my useless collection of high neck tank tops. It’s 100% my fault, but I forced myself to muster the courage to step into the face-whipping wind and chilly air. After all, I had a date with my blawgger BFF Natalie the first night and god knows I wouldn’t miss it *cue happy tears* :’)

The next couple of days were spent walking miles and miles from Union Square to Pier 39 to Ghirardelli and back, and trudging through the Redwood Forest. I needed some serious muscle therapy by the end of it, so I gave Justin cornrows in exchange for a foot rub. For this and many other reasons, I think he was Jamaican in another life.

 

S A C R A M E N T O

Sacramento was the fifth and final stop of the trip, and we couldn’t have picked a better way to end a totally hectic vacation — Justin’s aunt’s home is in a remote location surrounded by wild deer and thick forests. We spent a lot of the time relaxing by the pool or taking naps, but when the mood struck us, disaster/hilarity ensued. The dirt bikes and spacious backyard did quite a number on Justin and I; I chickened out post engine rev and anxiety attack, and he managed to crash headfirst into a picnic bench and flip into the air before falling into a pile of dust. Luckily, the only thing broken was the bench, its wood and metal pieces now lay in a sad heap somewhere in a dump… Rest in peace.

Anyway, we also drove up to Lake Tahoe for some horseback riding, a picnic, and paddle boarding. I added a new layer of sunburn just as the first one was peeling, but everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. It only itched.

 

My five-hour plane ride home was spent reflecting on the wondrous events that unfolded during my tour of California. It actually wasn’t, because in reality I was sleeping or playing count-eachother’s-teeth-blindfolded-using-only-your-fingers with Justin (a game that I do not recommend because people don’t wash their hands as often as they should), but I am taking the time to reflect now.

California truly is an amazing place — there’s a little bit of everything there, making for a well-rounded first experience. I love that most of my trip was nature-oriented. If I had it my way, I’d have soaked up the sun, taken dips, and hiked in remote places for the entire duration. Maybe next time I’ll cut out all the fast-paced city life stuff and stick to the great outdoors. This post is really long and I wish I had a witty thing to end it off with. I’m pretty sure nobody read this whole thing anyway. B-DIZZLE OUT!!!!!!!

7 Comments

  1. Posted August 12, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    OMG I MISS YOU BIANCA (+DANI). I see you voguing it up in sactown haha. <3

  2. Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    The pictures are just amazing, dream to go in Cali’ ! Xo, xo, – Anna from SoAnnalicious.blogspot.com

  3. Cheryn
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Lmao the Kurt Vonnegut reference

  4. Posted August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    wow, i envy the fact that you went to cali! it’s so nice seeing other aspects of it (ie nature) than just LA, and LV is too flashy and ritzy for my taste. and as for the friend you met, i love her blog too! nice to see you had such a fun time!

  5. Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    awesome photos! makes me want to take a little trip to all these nearby places.

  6. Posted August 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I live in San Diego and am glad you enjoyed your stay! This is a lovely photo diary and I definitely want to check out the Redwood Forest in the future. Great adventures :)

    -Char
    charsd.blogspot.com

  7. Kim
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I totally read the entire post. Lol. I’m glad you liked California (where I live;)). California really does have a little bit of everything. And yes San Francisco is a bit chilly even for summer haha.

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